#DearNonNatives
  • Check whatever you think you know about us at the door and actually listen. We exist and we matter, so it’s time that you stop treating us as a singular unit of political discussion. Even if you mean well, you’re perpetrating white settler politics. 
  • Stop inserting yourself into discussions about our racial identities just because we don’t look “native enough” to you. Your community is different than our’s, and even then, different tribal backgrounds will bring different opinions. Respect this and know your boundaries.
  • Don’t tell us to “get a movement” because all you’re subjected to is your side of the internet and mainstream activism. The whole reason you’re not seeing our movement, which we’ve had since 1492, is because you’re not going out of your way to see it. Remember that our people faced a ruthless genocide, just because we can’t pull 20,000 at a protest doesn’t mean we’re not speaking. If a tree falls in a forest with no one around, it still made a sound, right?
  • Stop speaking over us, period. Reblog us, retweet us, stop copying what we’re saying and posting it so that you get some sweet activist points.
  • We’re not only relevant when you want to prop up your own politics. Stop only talking about how we’re the most brutalized, raped, subject to suicide, etc. race when it’s relevant to you. Stop talking about our Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women if it’s only to make a “white feminist” point. Stop talking about our police brutality if it’s only to make a “anti-police system” stance. We see you and you’re tearing us down, knock it off.
  • Stop excluding us from nonwhite spaces just because you don’t know what to do with us. Not even because you hate us, but because we’re so silenced that you don’t even know how to handle one of us in your space. It’s ridiculous. We don’t bite.
  • Don’t appropriate our culture. And that doesn’t just mean headdresses either. Throw away those terrible “tribal / Navajo / Aztec” print clothes, toss out your fake moccasins, throw out those ridiculous neo-pagan items that you and I both know are appropriative, take a second to learn our basic beading / jewelry patterns so you’re not walking around with something that belongs to us. And for all that is good and holy, stop pretending that you know how to do a sage burning / smudging ceremony. It’s embarrassing. 
  • We don’t care about your 1/16th heritage unless you have some language and lived experience to back it up. Don’t come into our spaces and discussions with some blood quantum whiter than milk and expect it to be taken lightly. Learn some respect. 
  • Learn some language. Know the different umbrella types (American Indian, Native American, Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, etc.) and try to understand that we’re not a monolith. If you can, address someone with their tribal affiliation. 
  • Respect us, listen to us, attempt to understand us. 
If you don't mind participating in a discussion...

So, when we discuss being NDN, Black, Asian or white (and any overlap of those), do we also take into account the structural (i.e. ontological) nature of those things outside of being an identity? For example, Black NDNs definitely have a right to claim Indigeneity, but does that claim to indigeneity change their grammar of suffering from slaveness to savageness? Does the politics of visualization (being racialized in the visual field) precede one’s (appearance) of agency? For example, one might be NDN but be white passing, thus, one will not face the unique violence that is Redness, one is not located politically at the intersection of clearing and civilization (the ways Red bodies suffer). How does this intersect with claims of indigeneity? The flip side is someone who is Black in the visual field but who also claims indigeneity. Being Black in the gaze of civil society (Human society) would mean one falls into grammars of accumulation and fungibility (the status of a slave) even if one claims indigeneity.

What I think I’d like to bring up is the necessity of thinking of Redness outside of indigeneity and instead as a position defined in the visual field. While indigeneity claims a sense of heritage, Redness is defined by skin color or experience as being racialized as NDN. Black and white NDNs with every right to claim Indigeneity will be racialized and treated as someone who is Black or white. The color of their skin over determines their status as political beings. How does this over determination alter or affect the way we think of NDN, Black, Asian or white identity as well as (ontological) position in society?

marcinthelotus trails-of-tears pringle-lip bitterbitchclubpresident his-name-is-nightrider thoughts? I apologize for the potentially overly academic nature of the text. Anyone else is free to add their thoughts or comments as well.

Remember that time that even after massive complaints the first year, a charity run is still going for round two this year using a “pioneer” theme, and in the style of “zombie runs” is using “Native American attackers” to motivate their participants.  (In Redface, of course.) And who wants to talk about the comments on the article? 

I could keep going but it would take too long. Long story short, I’d love to show them the “angry savage” that they’re looking for. 

ive literally seen nothing about Paul Castaway on my dash so im here to fill ya in. Paul Castaway was a Native American Lakota man who struggled with alcoholism and had schizophrenia. He was shot and killed by the police because they claimed he was dangerously close to the cops, waving his knife around. The family who was there and people that witnessed it said that wasnt true and that Paul had actually had the knife to his own neck. Yet another case of injustice towards POC and people with mental illnesses. The Officer who killed Paul has not been named nor charged

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So, as I walked into Walgreens today, a new line of “Disney Princess” inspired cosmetics instantly caught my eye. I assumed it was elf cosmetics at first, as they’re always putting out Disney lines in a reputable way. However, upon getting closer, it appears that this was a rare, distinct partnership between Disney and Walgreens itself ( aka, “Dare To Dream” as a company doesn’t actually exist for contacting purposes.) Seen above, the selected “princesses” were Mulan (which is problematic in itself, we are all know that she was a gender nonconforming woman with a disdain for that god-forsaken dress Disney always promotes her in,) Pocahontas, and Ariel. As a Siksika woman, I know all about how terrible Pocahontas as a movie and Disney-butchered story is, but growing up ndn gives you a soft spot for it. Knowing that Pocahontas rarely gets any merchandise, I was slightly ecstatic, at first. 

While the two other lines got a beauty book in addition to separately sold eyeliners, lip glosses, eye palettes, do you want to know what Pocahontas got? A beauty book, plus a bronzer, and three “illuminating” bronzer sticks, all in various shades of mudded brown. And I’m not talking the kind of brown that brown girls could wear and have it match their skin, I’m talking that fake-bronze brown that’s geared at white girls and their just-as-fake attempts to look “sunkissed,” except even darker, which leads me to believe this was a sly encouragement at watered-down redface. The beauty book was another nightmare in itself. The other lines had eyeshadows directly pertaining to the movie, such as “Mushu Red, Dinglehopper, Raven Haired Bun, Snarfblatt,” and when they weren’t directly related to the movie, they were related to the characters and the theme, such as “Coral Fixation, Typhoon,” etc. However, Pocahontas’ was a little bit different. Seen above, we have all very vague, “whimsical” titles save for Riverbend, Sycamore, Willow, and the terrible ‘Wingapo.’ There was no mention of a dreamcatcher in the movie, none at all, this is just playing upon stereotypes. I can’t help but laugh at the subtly of sneaking in the essence of “redskin” by making “Warrior,” and “Headstrong” bright / pigmented reds. Not to mention, why didn’t the Pocahontas beauty book come with two shades of blushes like the other two, why is there once again two different bronzers? And can we please fucking talk about about the eyeliner called “New World Smolder?” If there was an award for “most colonialist piece of garbage title” it would definitely go to that one. My last piece of disdain about the book comes from the fact that, while the other two books in the instruction manual said to “apply the lipstick to desired brightness,” the Pocahontas instructions read “apply the gloss for an irresistible pout.” Really loving the infantilization there, at least Disney is trying to finally come to terms that Pocahontas was a twelve year old girl kidnapped and raped by settler men. 

Oh, and check out those names on the “bronzer sticks.” Free Spirit and Wild Spirit are once again playing upon the centuries old stereotype that us natives are just fun-loving people bounding naked through the woods, hooping and fornicating with all the fun of a rich white kid’s summer vacation with friends. But really gets me is the “Great Spirit” title, a sacred being within many Indigenous spiritualities. Would you name a highlight shade “God,” “Allah,” or “Jesus Christ” un-ironically? Probably not. 

tldr; We need to start looking out for the subtleness of racism, especially as it applies to Indigenous women. As the statistically most vulnerable, brutalized, and murdered racial demographic, it’s time that we all realize that even the “innocent” displays of racism, such as this, contribute to a culture that wants to finally eliminate us so that we are no longer around to remind you all that we exist and that we matter.

survivalinternational.org
Amazon Indians demand: 'Respect our right to remain uncontacted'
Crossed spears found on a path in northern Peru. Crossed spears are a common sign used by uncontacted Indians to warn outsiders to stay away.
By Survival International

Amazon Indian organizations have labeled calls by two US anthropologists to forcibly contact uncontacted tribes as “arrogant” and “irresponsible.”

Peru’s main Amazon Indian organization AIDESEP, as well several smaller Amazonian indigenous groups, released a statement in response to a recent editorial in Science magazine by US anthropologists Robert Walker and Kim Hill.

The anthropologists claim that uncontacted tribes are “unviable” and that governments are violating their responsibility to protect isolated tribes if they “refuse authorized, well-planned contacts.” Currently, international and Peruvian laws guarantee uncontacted tribes the right to reject contact with mainstream society.

In an open letter, the organizations wrote, “The way of life that we as indigenous peoples choose to live is a decision that we ourselves make, and one which the State and society has to respect. National and international laws grant us the right to maintain our cultures and make decisions over our present and future lives.

“We reject any call or act that seeks to impose a way of life that is rejected by our brothers in isolation and initial contact.”

There are more than a hundred uncontacted tribes around the world, all face catastrophe unless their land is protected.

In Peru, five reserves have been created to protect the lands and lives of uncontacted tribes. A further five areas are known to be inhabited by uncontacted tribes, but the government has been slow to protect them.

Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, recently wrote in US journal Truth Out, “It’s time to stand in resistance against those who just can’t abide that there are some who choose a different path to ours, who don’t subscribe to our values, and who don’t make us richer unless we steal their land.”

Indigenous Realities Masterpost:

Indigenous Americans are killed by police at just about the same rate as Black Americans. Indigenous women face the highest amount of rape, with 34.1% of our sisters becoming victims.  Indigenous women face the highest amounts of domestic violence, 39% of our women being brutalized in these relationships.  Suicide rates are higher among Indigenous peoples than any other nonwhite race.  Indigenous Americans have the highest rates of poverty. There are thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, prompted by poor government policy, the highest rates of sex trafficking, and generalized disregard for our sisters’ lives.  40% of American Native reservation homes are deemed inhabitable, meaning our families are trapped in homes where there is not running water, proper heating, or proper sewage.  American Natives face the most unsafe school conditions, being subjected to more drugs, alcohol, and violence on school grounds than any other race.  Indigenous women make only 59 cents to the white man’s dollar. Clicking around these links will allow you to recognize even more terrible truths, and will perhaps allow you the understanding as to why our brothers and sisters are struggling. We’ve faced a genocide and are on the brink of an extermination, but we will not give up. We can no longer allow other activists to remain complacent in our silencing.